“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain. When your employees love coming to work every day, they feel more connected to each other and more loyal to your brand. In fact, 90% of highly engaged staff say their team is fun. Help everyone enjoy their job even more by creating memorable gatherings with these ideas and fun staff gifts.
Just-for-fun day trips
The best way to bring them together is to get them out of the office. Take the whole team out to a ball game. Outfit them with branded baseball caps for a unified look. They’ll proudly display your logo while keeping the sun out of their eyes. Promote teamwork and perseverance with an escape room outing. The team members who “escape” first get a useful, themed take-home prize like an Emergency Hammer.
Add a little competitive flavour to your event for extra fun. Gear up for go-karting and do different challenges, such as boss vs. boss races and free-for-alls. Give everyone a pair of sunglasses to show off their team spirit. Bowling is another good choice. Order food and drinks and watch your team bond throughout the night. A bowling pin keychain will help ensure fond feelings hang around long after the event.
Casual team building
Give your employees the chance to meet others outside their department. Host a coffee chat where you pair up team members from different departments. Set tables with hot coffee, iced coffee and Corkcicle® vacuum mugs. Employees will appreciate a higher ticket team building giveaway they’ll use over and over. Plus, every time they grab their mug, they’ll remember the experience of getting to know their teammates better.
Split employees into small groups for a bakeoff. Each team gets all the ingredients needed to bake its own delectable batch of chocolate chip cookies. For a twist, have each team add their own secret ingredient. The team with the best batch wins a colourful whisk and a spatula. Months and even years later, staff will reminisce about the time they competed in the company bakeoff.
Movie/game and snack night
A movie and game night is always a crowd pleaser. Invite staff to bring a plus-one or their entire family. Hang a white sheet and project a family-friendly movie in your office or outside. And set up a variety of games, from forehead charades to a tumble tower to 4-in-a-row, at different stations throughout the office. Raffle games off as prizes at the end of the night.
Help your team feel good by giving back—together. Host a staff fundraising party. Golfers and non-golfers alike can enjoy a good golf tournament. It’s about having fun whether or not you get a hole-in-one! Sell branded golf towels to help raise funds. A card game tournament is easy to plan, especially for remote or hybrid teams. Send everyone value playing cards. Whether they choose a fun game like go-fish or something higher stakes like poker, they can place bets (for charity of course) and watch the fundraising begin. When they break out their cards for future family game nights, they’ll see your logo and be reminded of the fun they had raising donations for a good cause. Pro tip—a company match can help raise even more money for charity.
If you’re looking to inspire employees to be more active, plan a 5K run/walk benefit. Each team member can ask for pledges that get donated to a charity of their choosing. Hand out water bottles they can use daily, long after the race is over. A gala ball is another unique event that’ll be talked about for months. Ask staff to bring in donations for a silent auction. Help them remember the good times with fun staff gifts that’ll get everyone in the spirit—a Venetian Mask is the perfect choice.
Have the best staff gatherings
With fun staff gifts and ideas like just-for-fun team outings and fundraising parties, you can create unforgettable staff gatherings that bond your team closer than ever. Enjoy!